Former NFL Quarterback Says Aaron Rodgers is Winning the Battle Against Packers

Published 05/28/2021, 5:00 AM EDT
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers remain at odds with each other. On the night of the draft, reports emerged that Rodgers wanted to leave the Green Bay Packers, after years of frustration with the franchise.

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His most notable objection was the franchise’s decision to select quarterback Jordan Love in the draft last year to be his replacement. And so far, the two parties have found themselves in a cold war that Rodgers is seemingly winning.

Aaron Rodgers no-showed the Green Bay Packers’ OTA recently. Former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky spoke on ESPN about the current situation between the Packers and Rodgers.

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He believes that Rodgers is coming out the victor right now because his teammates have begun to pick sides. Other players from the Packers offensive unit also didn’t appear for their sessions.

This means that players are bucking past traditions and getting involved in team vs player conflicts.

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“Football is a team sport, but right now this is a 1-on-1 battle and Aaron Rodgers is winning it. It’s Rodgers pitted against his General Manager Brian Gutekunst. It’s not just that Rodgers is not there.

“His Top-5 reciever doesn’t show up. And that is very rare for the NFL because so often we ask players about off-the-field issues. Everybody hears this, I’m going to let that guy handle his business off the field. This is very different.” 

Aaron Rodgers has the upper hand on the Packers

Orlovsky added that the Packers’ other players picking sides in the conflict, especially that of Rodgers doesn’t bode well for the franchise.

Currently, the Packers have the difficult task of making sure that they can rebuild their relationship with Aaron Rodgers. But now, they also need to improve their relationship with the other players who have become upset with the franchise’s actions.

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates his touchdown pass with wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) against the Los Angeles Rams during their NFL divisional playoff game Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

“These players are now choosing sides. And you’re not only talking about Green Bay having to at least try to repair the relationship between them and Aaron Rodgers.

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“There is a ripple effect of them trying to repair relations with some other players now. His receivers are gone. And I know you don’t want your players running your football team. But it certainly seems like they are in Green Bay right now.”

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Will Aaron Rodgers return to the Green Bay Packers next season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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